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What on Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, and Affirmations

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Publisher Comments:

Robert Fulghum's new book begins with a question we've all asked ourselves: "What on Earth have I done?" As Fulghum finds out, the answer is never easy and, almost always, surprising. For the last couple of years, Fulghum has been traveling the world — from Seattle to the Moab Desert to Crete — looking for a few fellow travelers interested in thinking along with him as he delights in the unexpected: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, pots of daffodils blooming in mid-November, a view of the earth from outer space, the mysterious night sounds of the desert, every man's trip to a department store to buy socks, the raucous all-night long feast that is Easter in Greece, the trials and tribulations of plumbing problems and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language.

What on Earth Have I Done? is an armchair tour of everyday life as seen by Robert Fulghum, one of America's great essayists, a man who has two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Fulghum writes to his fellow travelers, with a sometimes light heart, about the deep and vexing mysteries of being alive and says, "This is my way of bringing the small boat of my life within speaking distance of yours. Hello..."

Review:

"Twenty years after his All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten became a record-breaking bestseller, Fulghum's authorial voice is still distinctive and his tone welcomingly upbeat, but this new collection of short pieces suffers from self-indulgence, roping in too many vague and inconsequential essays. The majority of the book falls into three sections, one for each of Fulghum's homes-Seattle, Moab, Utah and the island of Crete-and the strongest section is the Cretan, containing some lovely, incisive essays on his indomitable Greek housekeeper, 'The Invincible Ioannoulla.' Elsewhere his writing is well-meaning but feather-light while taking on topics like holidays, history, 'players' and the conversations of strangers; even in the midst of terminal naivety, however, Fulghum's able to land an unexpected, resonant thought: 'I walked on with the dog of my imagination running unleashed through the bushes of my brain, looking for a place to unload.' Though these worthwhile passages and brief, shining moments make Fulghum's dissolution into wispy koans ('Go on. Escape over the walls of your asylum.') all the more disappointing, fans of Fulghum's storytelling will find much to savor." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Fulghum...returns after ten years with more insightful and often funny observations of the world's idiosyncrasies." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A new book from the New York Times bestselling author of All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Synopsis:

“My house in Seattle is across the street from an elementary school.  A high fence blocks my view, but Im close enough to overhear conversations.  One morning…I heard a car door opened, then slammed shut…a womans voice came blasting over the fence:  “BILLY…WHAT…ON…EARTH…HAVE…YOU…DONE?”…My own mother asked me the same question.  Often.  And I, in my turn asked my own children, who, no doubt have followed the same line of inquiry with their kids…”

Robert Fulghums new book begins with a question weve all asked ourselves: “What on Earth have I done?”  As Fulghum finds out, the answer is never easy and, almost always, surprising.  For the last couple of years, Fulghum has been traveling the world - from Seattle to the Moab Desert to Crete - looking for a few fellow travelers interested in thinking along with him as he delights in the unexpected: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, pots of daffodils blooming in mid-November, a view of the earth from outer space, the mysterious night sounds of the desert, every man's trip to a department store to buy socks, the raucous all-night long feast that is Easter in Greece, the trials and tribulations of plumbing problems and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language. What on Earth Have I Done? is an armchair tour of everyday life as seen by Robert Fulghum, one of Americas great essayists, a man who has two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Fulghum writes to his fellow travelers, with a sometimes light heart, about the deep and vexing mysteries of being alive and says, “This is my way of bringing the small boat of my life within speaking distance of yours.  Hello…” 

Synopsis:

It's been over ten years since Robert Fulghum has published a book of his essays, but he is back and in fine form with What on Earth Have I Done?, encouraging listeners to slow down and pay attention to the miracles, sometimes hilarious and sometimes serious, that can be found around us: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, pots of daffodils in mid-November, a view of the earth from outer space, the mysterious night sounds of the desert, and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language.  Fulghum shows us that life's big questions--"What have I done with my life?," "How do I see myself?," "How do others see me?," "What will I be doing next?"--are best answered by appreciating  the people in our communities, the members of our family, the world around us and our place in the  solar system.  What on Earth Have I Done? is classic Fulghum that shows us the wonder of everyday living with two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in cheek.

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About the Author

Robert Fulghum is the bestselling author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and numerous other books. He grew up in Waco, TX. He now divides his time among Seattle, Utah, and Crete.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312365493
Subtitle:
Stories, Observations, and Affirmations
Author:
Fulghum, Robert
Author:
Robert
Author:
Fulghum
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Personal Transformation
Subject:
Fulghum, Robert
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081014
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs, 7 hours
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Twenty years after his All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten became a record-breaking bestseller, Fulghum's authorial voice is still distinctive and his tone welcomingly upbeat, but this new collection of short pieces suffers from self-indulgence, roping in too many vague and inconsequential essays. The majority of the book falls into three sections, one for each of Fulghum's homes-Seattle, Moab, Utah and the island of Crete-and the strongest section is the Cretan, containing some lovely, incisive essays on his indomitable Greek housekeeper, 'The Invincible Ioannoulla.' Elsewhere his writing is well-meaning but feather-light while taking on topics like holidays, history, 'players' and the conversations of strangers; even in the midst of terminal naivety, however, Fulghum's able to land an unexpected, resonant thought: 'I walked on with the dog of my imagination running unleashed through the bushes of my brain, looking for a place to unload.' Though these worthwhile passages and brief, shining moments make Fulghum's dissolution into wispy koans ('Go on. Escape over the walls of your asylum.') all the more disappointing, fans of Fulghum's storytelling will find much to savor." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fulghum...returns after ten years with more insightful and often funny observations of the world's idiosyncrasies."
"Synopsis" by ,
A new book from the New York Times bestselling author of All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten
"Synopsis" by ,

“My house in Seattle is across the street from an elementary school.  A high fence blocks my view, but Im close enough to overhear conversations.  One morning…I heard a car door opened, then slammed shut…a womans voice came blasting over the fence:  “BILLY…WHAT…ON…EARTH…HAVE…YOU…DONE?”…My own mother asked me the same question.  Often.  And I, in my turn asked my own children, who, no doubt have followed the same line of inquiry with their kids…”

Robert Fulghums new book begins with a question weve all asked ourselves: “What on Earth have I done?”  As Fulghum finds out, the answer is never easy and, almost always, surprising.  For the last couple of years, Fulghum has been traveling the world - from Seattle to the Moab Desert to Crete - looking for a few fellow travelers interested in thinking along with him as he delights in the unexpected: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, pots of daffodils blooming in mid-November, a view of the earth from outer space, the mysterious night sounds of the desert, every man's trip to a department store to buy socks, the raucous all-night long feast that is Easter in Greece, the trials and tribulations of plumbing problems and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language. What on Earth Have I Done? is an armchair tour of everyday life as seen by Robert Fulghum, one of Americas great essayists, a man who has two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Fulghum writes to his fellow travelers, with a sometimes light heart, about the deep and vexing mysteries of being alive and says, “This is my way of bringing the small boat of my life within speaking distance of yours.  Hello…” 

"Synopsis" by ,
It's been over ten years since Robert Fulghum has published a book of his essays, but he is back and in fine form with What on Earth Have I Done?, encouraging listeners to slow down and pay attention to the miracles, sometimes hilarious and sometimes serious, that can be found around us: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, pots of daffodils in mid-November, a view of the earth from outer space, the mysterious night sounds of the desert, and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language.  Fulghum shows us that life's big questions--"What have I done with my life?," "How do I see myself?," "How do others see me?," "What will I be doing next?"--are best answered by appreciating  the people in our communities, the members of our family, the world around us and our place in the  solar system.  What on Earth Have I Done? is classic Fulghum that shows us the wonder of everyday living with two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in cheek.
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